Unfortunately, brain injuries become the fate of thousands of Canadians each year. Acquired Brain Injuries also known as Traumatic Brain Injuries are a type of head injury that results from trauma to the head (i.e. motor vehicle, slip and fall, assault). Brain injuries range from mild, moderate and severe.
The simple shaking of the brain as may occur during a whiplash type injury can cause a mild traumatic brain injury. Often the injury is undetectable to others, including physicians using the latest technology. If this is the case, you and your family are likely very frustrated in trying claim insurance benefits for appropriate treatment of these injuries. We can refer you to highly qualified medical and neuropsychological specialists to accurately diagnose the scope of your brain injury. Once your injury is properly diagnosed, you will be able to obtain the appropriate rehabilitation. We will also advocate for the necessary funding for your rehabilitation from the insurance company.
The effects of this type of injury may not show until 18 months after the incident, causing changes in physical, mental and cognitive behaviours. Symptoms to look out for include:
Brain injuries (of all severities) can prove to be life changing as everyday life tasks become difficult and you may even require special care and assistance to complete basic tasks such as dressing, grooming, preparation of meals and so on. There may be funding available for this type of care that your brain injury lawyer will explain to you.
Concussions are another form of brain injuries that are also commonly suffered in car crashes and can result in post-concussive syndrome. Symptoms of post-concussive syndrome are often similar to those of mild traumatic brain injury.
It is important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible if you have suffered a brain injury. A good brain injury lawyer will have a network of qualified health practitioners to ensure you are receiving quality care and that such an injury does not go undiagnosed. It is also important for a lawyer to gather all of the supporting evidence at an early stage. For example, paramedics at the scene of the accident or health professionals at the hospital will take the Glascow Coma Score which is important evidence of a potential brain injury. If you were in a car accident and your Glascow Coma Score was 9 or less, you will be deemed catastrophically impaired which will entitle you to enhanced Statutory Accident Benefits for your care and rehabilitation.
Each brain injury case is different and can be extremely complicated. Be sure to hire a lawyer that has specialized knowledge of brain injuries and their effects. At Virk Personal Injury Law, we have the skills and expertise necessary to provide you with the highest quality legal representation and ensure you obtain the rehabilitation and compensation you need in this trying time. We have a network of health professionals that can help with your rehabilitation including speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counselling, vocational counselling or attendant care. Knowing how to deal with the complex issues of a brain injury claim is critical to your success. If you have suffered any sort of brain injury, make one call to Virk Personal Injury Law – 905 521 8888.